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A poet called Petrach developed the sonnet form in Italy It is a poem made up of 14 lines of iambic pentameter An Italian rhyme scheme is ABBA ABBA in the first octave The sestet can be CDCDCD which was the original scheme or CDECDE The sonnet was brought to England by Sir Thomas Wyatt and The Earl of Surrey who visited Italy during the Renaissance Sonnets were originally wrote in Latin but the English poets found the Latin rhyme scheme hard and restrictive in the English language This was how the English and Shakespearean form developed They still used 14 lines of iambic pentameter but the rhyme scheme changed to ABAB CDCD EFEF GG It would then be three quatrains and then finish up with a rhyming couplet The Italian and Shakespearean are the most common forms of sonnets A poet called Milton changed the petrachan form to fit his own style This was known as a Miltonic Sonnet Italian sonnets always had a pause between the octave the first octave usually presented a general idea while the sestet would be more concluding The English sonnet had the pause between the quatrain and the rhyming couplet Instead of dividing his sonnet into two parts Milton let his ideas flow onto a final conclusion or statement The sonnet Let me not to the marriage of true minds is a Shakespearean sonnet written in the 16th Century Shakespeare is contemplating about love and how you only have one true love and how you should never let them go Shakespeare does this by comparing love to a guiding starIt is the star to every wandering barkIn those days a ship would be called a bark and would navigate by using the stars This symbolizes that when you have found you love it is the star that can guide you through life Shakespeare is so sure that love is like this that he wroteIf this be error
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